|Church in Cote d’Ivoire Responds to Hurricane Katrina Disaster|
The United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa is raising funds for Hurricane Katrina relief in the United States and is also organizing an interfaith worship service to pray for those affected by the storm along the Gulf Coast.
Bishop Benjamin Boni has invited US Ambassador Aubrey Hooks to take part in the public worship at Jubilee-Cocody United Methodist Church in Abidjan on the night of September 21. He is also inviting representatives of other Christian and Muslim groups.
A special offering for Hurricane Katrina relief will be received in the United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire on Sunday, September 18.
The bishop express deep concern for “sister annual conferences” in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Côte d’Ivoire is the newest annual conference in The United Methodist Church. It has some one million members and was organized as a full annual conference late last year following the approval of the 2004 United Methodist General Conference.
Formerly an autonomous denomination with British roots, the Methodists of Côte d’Ivoire applied for United Methodist status so that they could be a part of an international church. Bishop Boni is the first United Methodist episcopal leader of Côte d’Ivoire and also administers United Methodist mission churches in Senegal and Cameroon.
Bishop Boni said in a letter to Ambassador Hooks that The United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire wished to support those affected by the hurricane and “the American people, and to affirm our belief in the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church that calls for support to persons in distress.”
The United Methodist Church of Liberia has already contributed $500 to Hurricane Katrina relief
An invitation to take part in the September 21 worship in Abidjan has been extended to the American community in Abidjan and leaders of the Ivorian government.
Monetary assistance to hurricane survivors from Cote d’Ivoire will be channeled through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a part of the General Board of Global Ministries.
The United Methodist Church has a world membership of 11.5 million, of which more than eight million are in the United States.
Date posted: Sep 13, 2005